Incubus

If Not Now, When?

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Seizing their extended half-decade hiatus as an opportunity to reinvent themselves, Incubus dive headfirst into a comfortable middle age on their seventh album, If Not Now, When? This is no crisis, this is deliberate: with the assistance of producer Brendan O’Brien, they’ve turned down the guitars and ratcheted up the synthesizers, trading roiling angst for occasional spells of moodiness, deciding to settle into a warm, textured adult pop that occasionally recalls nothing so much as Neil Finn at his spaciest. Incubus aren’t completely ready to become an AAA act -- they’re spry enough to sound convincing on the clatter of “Switchblade,” the guitars don’t soothe so much as evoke desolate landscapes, vocalist Brandon Boyd still favors some unsettling lyrical imagery -- but the end result is an album on a shaded, comfortable grayscale, music that’s suitably mature yet sidesteps stultifying notions of middlebrow class.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 5:05 SpotifyAmazon
2 4:25 SpotifyAmazon
3 4:06 SpotifyAmazon
4 4:16 SpotifyAmazon
5 4:35 SpotifyAmazon
6 5:05 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:19 SpotifyAmazon
8 7:34 SpotifyAmazon
9 3:27 SpotifyAmazon
10 4:49 SpotifyAmazon
11 4:20 SpotifyAmazon
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